Cardboard car rally accelerates into Pukekohe for ITM Supersprint

Get ready, get set, create - this is the inaugural Pukekohe Cardboard Car Rally, which is set to liven up Pukekohe Town Square on November 3.

Youngsters from throughout the district will be cutting, connecting and crafting cardboard to make cars that they will use to compete for major prizes and spot prizes at this year's debut event.

There are three categories: pre school, primary school and intermediate school. 

In each category, there will be $500 up for grabs, which will go to the winner's school, along with 10 trophies and medals. 

The rules are simple; the cars must be 'wearable', be made from at least 80 per cent cardboard and constructed by the entrant. 

The cardboard crafted cars will then be showcased, judged and  raced around a designated course set out in the Pukekohe Town Square, which will also contain pit lanes. 

Among the judges - who will be scoring the cars on their originality and creativity - are Franklin Local Board deputy chair Andy Baker and four-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, Greg Murphy. 

The rally came about after a group of like minded business owners, part of a group called Franklin Brekkie and Business, became fed up with locals skipping the town during the weekend of the ITM Auckland Supersprint, and decided the Pukekohe needed something that would influence their stay.

"Three years ago our business during the V8s, that Saturday night, was probably the busiest trade of the year. The last V8 Saturday we had was quieter then our normal Saturday," said Lone Star owner and Franklin Brekkie and Business member Alofa Glas. 

"Businesses can do a lot more in terms of embracing the V8s coming to Pukekohe, and being proud that we can host it and making the most of the people coming here."

Glas said they were also trying to organise classic cars and hot rods to line King St for family members and kids to view. 

"We need to try and keep Pukekohe residents in Pukekohe during the V8s," said Glas.

"Pukekohe is a great place to be ... we've got everything you need here."

The event starts 4:30pm and will go till 6:30pm.

To enter visit their Facebook page

- Franklin County News


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